Over 400 helpers in­volved

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT - DASHA KU­PRIENKO

The Air New Zealand Queen­stown in­ter­na­tional marathon wouldn’t hap­pen with­out 420 vol­un­teers, the event di­rec­tor says.

Nicole Fair­weather said com­mu­nity groups, clubs and schools ben­e­fited from the vol­un­teer pro­gramme. This year $18,000 was put back into the re­gion and its com­mu­nity.

‘‘Our model is one of long term sus­tain­abil­ity and to do that we have to re­turn value to the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The ben­e­fits to the econ­omy and lo­cal busi­nesses are one thing with the thou­sands of peo­ple com­ing to town, but we must also look after those vol­un­teers who make the event pos­si­ble,’’ she said.

The part­ner­ships with com­mu­nity groups helped with ‘‘peo­ple power’’.

One of the big­gest part­ners within the Air New Zealand Queen­stown In­ter­na­tional Marathon vol­un­teer pro­gramme is Queen­stown Ro­tary, with their do­na­tion from the event go­ing to­wards up­keep of the ve­hi­cle for the Hos­pice South­land pal­lia­tive care nurse.

Vol­un­teers are still re­quired.

High­lands owner Tony Quinn said he was look­ing for­ward to the mo­tor­sport event.

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